From: Jan Aldrich <project1947.nul> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:18:03 -0400 Archived: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 06:54:05 -0400 Subject: James C Bartlett & Early UFO Investigation Request For Assistance: James C Bartlett & Early UFO Investigation In The Washington-Baltimore Area Greetings Recently a collection of letters from Dr. James C. Bartlett, a well known Baltimore amateur astronomer have been located. They may shed little on a number of little known events and personalities in UFO history. I am trying to locate other correspondence and documents on the UFO investigations in and around the Washington-Baltimore area during but not limited to the early 1950s and 1960s. A partial list provided below is in no way exhaustive. Dr. James C. Barlett, Jr., 300 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Maryland an amateur astronomer interested in lunar and planetary observation, especially anything which would indicate life or intelligence. (In this earlier time the possibility of intelligence life within the solar system still was considered somewhat real.) Barlett went looking for unusual and controversial features and changes on the moon and planets. (Professional astronomers who had previously observed unusual thinks on Mars for example tried to dock any discussion.) Barlett had a secretary allowing for extensive correspondence with others. During the 1950s he had four UFO observations but the detailed reports are not readily available, esp., subsequent reports. (Major Keyhoe frowned on people with multiple UFO sightings so those who had several observations, Major Leet, Barlett, Kenneth Steinmetz, even Clyde Tombaugh kept their heads down on further UFO sightings.. Keyhoe's attitude on this and UFO near the ground may have been transferred from Ruppelt and the Air Force unwritten policy on here.) Bartlett also investigated cases finding an earlier sighting prior to the Lock Raven Dam incident. He did find that Lock Raven was investigated by AF OSI, at the time an almost unknown to the public AF activity. Lou Corbin, news director at radio station WFBR, and like Bartlett a NICAP advisor, his papers were lost by his adopted son, a drug addict, so only people who have records and letters in their files know anything about his activities. Google has only four incidents one which involved the 4602d AISS tracing a meteor fall. (The UFO report files on this case are unremarkable and available at the National Archives, but this is one of the main things about Corbin.) Lt. Col.Corbin, US Army reserve intelligence, was instrumental in getting the 1953 report of the Navy Squadron case. Corbin was plugged into the local Civil Defense and Ground Observer Corps and got leads from here. Keyhoe used his relationship with Corbin as a way to get credibility with witnesses and other sources. Capt. William Nash had a few items from Corbin in his files. Corbin may have been working on a book, Richard Hall had a possible chapter in his files. Project Eye Full, this seemed to be Corbin's UFO group which investigated UFOs for him and feed him leads. Almost nothing is known about it. Unfortunately the Wash Star newspaper has not been carefully screened for the 1950s. Keyhoe got a lot of leads from there, but few articles and clippings were in the CUFOS/NICAP files. Perhaps something is there, but, of course, Corbin was in a competing medium. Operation Interloper. Even less is known about this. Major Dewey Fournet had a file in his papers. Fournet carefully made sure that he took no official material when he left the Service. Operation Interloper papers prominently label "unclassified" contain UFO reports and articles from newspapers and magazines and older pre 1947 reports which would not be subject to any security review. Fournet gave a lecture to a Naval Officer Intelligence Class. From this he got three interesting UFO incidents not official reported and added to the Operation Interloper files. Even thought, the Kenya 1951 Mt Kilimanjaro report was in the Project Blue Book files, Fournet used Frank Edwards' radio report not the incident. My speculation, and pure guess on my part. that Operation Interloper was used by Fournet Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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